Nearly half of San Francisco residents feel unsafe
in their neighborhoods
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Nearly 44 percent of San Francisco
residents feel unsafe or somewhat unsafe in their neighborhood,
according to a survey
on residents' perceptions of public safety administered by the
San Francisco Safety Network.
And more than 50 percent of residents of the Bayview-Hunters
Point, Tenderloin, and Mission districts reported in the survey
that they feel unsafe in their neighborhoods.
Safety Network, a community-based organization dedicated to increasing
public safety, administered approximately 2,400 surveys during
a one-month period to San Francisco residents.
Survey respondents cited factors such as gangs, unemployment,
lack of police, the availability of guns, and the presence of
traffic and speeding cars in contributing to making them feel
unsafe in their neighborhoods.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they had felt unsafe
riding public transportation in San Francisco. And more than half
of the respondents said they feel unsafe in their local parks.
Survey participants recommended that public safety could be strengthened
by improving the relationship between police and the community;
by providing youth development programs; by creating cleaner parks
and streets; and by continuing to offer programs and services
for seniors and diverse groups.
The Safety Network will use the survey results and work with
community leaders to develop a public safety action plan for the
city as a whole and for individual city districts.
The Safety Network is funded by the mayor's office of criminal
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